RIP Ray Manzarek

20 05 2013

Ray Manzarek died at age 74 of bile duct cancer. If Jim Morrison was the soul of the Doors, he was its heart. He was a great keyboardist and artist.


Yet another pop star meets his maker. Rest in peace Robin Gibb.

20 05 2012

I’m not a Bee Gees fan by any stretch, but it is sad to hear of the passing of Robin Gibb.  Barry is now the only living brother Gibb.

It’s nice to see Robin’s no longer suffering. *thumbs up*

“Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer, has died of Cancer

17 05 2012

I always liked Donna Summer despite not caring for disco.  Sadly she has succumbed to cancer.

It’s crazy how many legendary musicians have died in the past several weeks.  I mean no disrespect when I say that rock and pop stars seemed to be dropping like flies, as they say.

For the Duck

14 05 2012

Rest in peace Donald Duck Dunn

Levon Helm dead at age 71

19 04 2012

The so-called “backbone of The Band” has lost his battle with throat cancer. He was a great talent and lived an extraordinary life.

RIP Davey Jones

29 02 2012

The Monkees’ “cute one,” the fake Paul McCartney of the group, has died at age 66.  I always liked Davey Jones as a guy — he came off well.  I never thought much of the Monkees’ music, but he was a funny guy and a solid entertainer.


Too soon?

17 02 2012

There’s a risk of speaking ill of the dead.  Someone is bound to be offended and, quite often, the person doing the talking is being tasteless to some degree.  I won’t comment on her personal struggles other than to say I find them sad.  I sympathize with more than despise self-destructive people.

Despite having an amazing voice, Whitney Houston’s music was never very good.   The songs that were written for her were trite and formulaic.  She had the voice but not the soul of a real soul (or R&B) singer.  Maybe that’s not fair.  Maybe she could’ve channeled her personal struggles into the creation of very meaningful, very personal songs.  Instead, she opted for the easy money of being a hit machine.

This sounds nasty, but I’m really not slamming Ms. Houston.  I’m railing that her vocal talent was not used to its fullest potential.  She could’ve and should’ve been her generation’s Aretha Franklin.  Instead, she was something closer to a glamorous Janet Jackson (with an amazing voice and no dance moves.)

It’s too bad she has passed on.  Her death should be mourned — at least to the extent that any pop star is mourned.  It will be interesting to see what happens with her most recent major work, the remake of the movie Sparkle, much of which was shot here in Detroit.  I never saw the original, but it sounds like Dreamgirls.  Let’s hope it’s every bit as good of a film as Whitney was as a vocalist.